Here at Nordvek we pride ourselves in the quality and diversity of materials that we use in our products. Where we can we promote natural product from classic suede sheepskin, Icelandic longhair sheepskins, cowhide, assorted leathers and other natural materials like tweed, plus many, many more. From our experience being in the 'Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales' famed for its sheepskin, we have the expertise and desire to thoroughly make sure that only the best skins or hides are used to ensure the best finish possible. We ensure all our skins are a bi-product of other industries to produce less waste, then tanned and finished in the best, more natural-friendly way possible to provide the beautiful products we bring. Here we have listed the features and benefits of the materials we use to help ensure you know 100% what you are buying. If you have any questions on any of the items, materials or processes, please reach out to us so we can help you.
Classic Suede Sheepskin
The most common type of sheepskin people will know and recognise made exceptionally popular by Ugg in their classic boots.
In its most common form it is ironed wool which during the tanning process has been ironed and polished to flatten it out and provide that classic soft feel.
This type of classic suede finish can be produced from most types of sheepskin or occasionally lambskin, which is a younger sheep making it softer and lighter to touch.
Shearling comes from a sheep between the ages of 1-2, also called a yearling. It has only been shorn once to provide uniformity in texture.
Shearling commonly has the classic suede finish on one side with the shorn wool on the other.
Merino is a breed of sheep. They are renowned for having some of the softest and best quality wool available. Originally coming from Turkey and Spain the majority are now reared in Australia and New Zealand.
They are usually finished with classic suede or napalan leather finish.
Icelandic sheep is a breed also known as shaggy sheep due to the long, coarse wool.
It has a wild, rugged look and feel to it but is exceptionally long and striking making it perfect for feature items.
Mongolian / Tibetian
Mongolian or Tibetan sheepskin's primary characteristic is the soft longhair wool. It is unique to the sheep that live in that region of the world and is designed to keep them warm and insulated against the harsh condition and rugged landscape.
The look and feel of Mongolian sheepskin is unique and very striking making it ideal as feature pieces.
It is one that people love to feel and brush your fingers through but care needs to be taken as it can matt.
Don't brush it or comb it as that can rip the wool away from the skin.
If it does matt then the best thing is to wet it slightly with cool water and brush it with your fingers lightly to ease the tangles.
Spanish sheepskin comes from the Tigrado sheep and is noticeable from its tight curls.
People sometimes mistakenly refer it to 'slink lambskin' due to the similarities with the curls however it is quite different in weight and texture.
It more commonly resembles Gotland sheepskin from Sweden however the breed and hence skin is smaller.
It generally has a suede finish to complement the look.